Adi-lilaChapter 8: The Author Receives the Orders of Krishna and Guru

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Sri Caitanya Caritamrita Adi 8.27

premera udaye haya premera vikara

sveda-kampa-pulakadi gadgadasrudhara

SYNONYMS

premera -- of love of Godhead; udaye -- when there is awakening; haya -- it becomes so; premera -- of love of Godhead; vikara -- transformation; sveda -- perspiration; kampa -- trembling; pulaka-adi -- throbbing of the heart; gadgada -- faltering; asru-dhara -- tears in the eyes.

TRANSLATION

When one's transcendental loving service to the Lord is actually awakened, it generates transformations in the body such as perspiration, trembling, throbbing of the heart, faltering of the voice and tears in the eyes.

PURPORT

These bodily transformations are automatically manifested when one is actually situated in love of Godhead. One should not artificially imitate them. Our disease is desire for that which is material; even while advancing in spiritual life, we want material acclaim. One must be freed from this disease. Pure devotion must be anyabhilashita-sunyam [Bhakti-rasamrita-sindhu 1.1.11], without desire for anything material. Advanced devotees manifest many bodily transformations, which are symptoms of ecstasy, but one should not imitate them to achieve cheap adoration from the public. When one actually attains the advanced stage, the ecstatic symptoms will appear automatically; one does not need to imitate them.

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